"St George and the
Dragonet" - Take one successful
police drama DRAGNET/NBC/1952-59/1967-70 and one
master satirist like Stan Freberg and you come
up with the best selling (1 million copies) 1953
record "St. George and the Dragonet." (a.k.a.
the Dragnet parody song).
The flip-side of the single release featured
'Little Blue Riding Hood' with Freberg as a
detective, questioning Miss Hood which includes
the immortal line from the show "just the facts
The beginning of the "St. George and the
Dragonet" record states: "The legend you are
about to hear is true; only the needle should be
changed to protect the record." It continued:
"This is the countryside, My name is St. George.
I'm a knight. Saturday July 10th 8:05PM. I was
working out of the castle on the night watch
when a call came in from the chief. A dragon had
been devouring maidens. My job...Slay 'em."
When a knave asks "How are you gonna catch 'em,"
St. George replies "A Dragonet." St. George
arrested the Dragon on a 502 "Devouring maidens
out of season". The bit concluded:
"On September the 5th, the dragon was tried and
convicted. His fire was put out and his maiden
devouring license revoked. Maiden devouring out
of season is punishable for a term of not less
than fifty or more than 300 years."
A full text of the bit is found in Stan Freberg's
biography: "It Only Hurts When I Laugh" (Times Books, 1988
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